Israel detains 47 Palestinians in major raids in East Jerusalem, West Bank

Published June 1st, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
Israeli forces conducted several overnight raids throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank. (AFP/File)
Israeli forces conducted several overnight raids throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank. (AFP/File)

Israeli forces detained at least 47 Palestinians in overnight raids in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestinian and Israeli sources told Ma’an.

Israeli police carried out a major detention campaign in the al-Tur and al-Suwwana neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, detaining at least 29 Palestinian men and teenagers, locals told Ma’an.

The sources said groups of infantry troops along with intelligence officers stormed several homes carrying maps and arrest warrants.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that Israeli police and border guard officers detained 33 Palestinians across East Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

She said that the detained were suspected of theft, illegal weapon and drug possession, and participating in “local terror” by throwing stones at Israeli forces .

Al-Samri added that eight other Palestinians received summons during the raids.

Meanwhile, at least 14 Palestinians were detained across the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian security sources said Israeli forces detained five people in the southern city of Hebron after ransacking several homes. 

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that eight Palestinians had been detained in the Hebron area.

In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained three young men in Tubas, identified by locals as Mustafa Abu Reihan, Hamza Omar Daraghma and his brother Muamin.

Locals also reported the detention of two young men from the Dweikat family in Qalqiliya in the northwestern West Bank.They added that clashes broke out between Israeli troops and local youth during the raid, resulting in two young men reportedly being injured by rubber-coated bullets.

The Israeli army spokesperson listed four detentions in the Nablus area.

According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of April. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at least once in their lives.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material. 

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